February 09, 2019 07:31 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

The five-day film appreciation course being taught by the filmmakers under the joint aegis of Film  and Television Institute of India (FTII),Pune and the Department of  English and Cultural Studies is being attended by the film enthusiasts  and film lovers from the North region.

The technical sessions being taught include outlining the evolution  of camera, development of cinematograph in Europe and in India, early techniques in cinema through examples drawn from popular and well known films.The participants are benefiting from the technical knowledge of the filmmakers and find themselves well engaged through the various personal and professional anecdotes narrated by the two  instructors, Shri Pankaj Saxena and Shri Munish Bhardwaj.

While most of the sessions are in the instructional and  informal talk mode, it is the interactive sessions about fil ms being shown which have enthused the participants the most, as they get to  share their experiences with each other and it becomes a matter of  situated learning. Participants are drawn not only from the tri-city but have come from other parts of the country.

The best part of the course is that it is being conducted  mostly in an informal, colloquial Hindi, therefore becoming accessible  to everyone. Films of Charlie Chaplin, DG Phalke and George Méliѐs,  Edwin Porter have been screened along with clips drawn from silent era  films. Other than the participants of the course, research students  are also benefiting from observing how films create public discourses by getting to sample the audience response.

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